Articles, Blog


August 14, 2019

Today we’re talking about 10 Lightroom hacks you probably didn’t know. These are the hacks, shortcuts and tricks I use to be more efficient
when using Lightroom. Each one of these I practically use every time I’m processing
photos in Lightroom. Here’s the list. These are the ones I use every single time I’m
in Lightroom. I know there are plenty more but these are the ones that really speed up my workflow and just help me get around the application in a much more efficient way. So, let’s get started. Here are 10 Lightroom Tips That You Should Know! Tip #1: Keyboard Shortcuts – Press E and D
to get between the Library Module and the Develop Module. Command L – That’s a great one to turn off your filters if you’re looking at photos with filters on. So, if you have some flags
on certain photos and you have two starred photos and you have some flags on you’re just looking at a filtered view. So, if you press Command ‘L’ you can turn off your filters and you can
see all of your photos and see the one that’s lost somewhere in between and go and do that edit. Press Command L again and turn back on the filters with that new photo in your collection. SHIFT + COMMAND + E that brings up the export panel and avoids you having to click around to export the photo. I use it every single
time I’m in Lightroom. If you hit SHIFT + COMMAND + S to synchronize the settings from your current photo across all the others photos you’ve also selected. Now, the cool thing about this is it will pop up with the synchronization settings and you can deselect the things that you don’t want to bring across to the new photo. I use this all the time
as I do spot removal or do local adjustments in the one photo and I like how it looks but I but obviously I don’t want everything to go across to the others so I’m just going
to take the basic settings, the curves the colour adjustments and synchronize that across but not the graduated filters and so on. Tip #2: Auto Tone Don’t be afraid of the auto tone button. It’s a great help and this is a good way
to give your edit a kickstart. What I’ve noticed is that It usually pulls the highlights
down and pulls the shadows up. It’s a good starting place in your editing workflow, using
the power of Lightroom – computers and science – but you’re still doing your own edit. Tip #3: Resetting Your Edits At the very bottom right you can hit the reset button and that completely resets all of your edits. But maybe you made tons of edits and you’re hitting the slider back and forth and having a good old time and you don’t want to hit the reset button and wipe out all of them. Then try changing up your individual adjustments. You can simply do this by double tapping to reset a particular slider. I do this all the time if I’m not happy with my sliders. I just double click it and bam, it’s back to zero. Now, another cool extra tip is if you double click on the category of the panel it will reset every single setting in that panel. So, if I double click on the hue or saturation panel it will reset all of the other settings in that panel. Tip #4: Straighten the Horizon
Hit “R” on your keyboard; click on crop and straighten tool
This is a more precise way of making sure your horizon is perfectly straight. It’s a lot easier actually and you can straighten your photos a lot easier by using this tool other than just trying to eyeball it. So, it’s way more precise. How do you do it? It’s really simple. Just click on the angle. Click and drag to match the horizon on your image. Draw a line across
the horizon, let go, and it will level it off completely. That’s all there is to it. Tip #5: Before and After
Use the comparison view after editing to see how far your edits have come. There are two main ways of doing this. You can either Click “Y” to get a side by side comparison or alternatively you can hit the backwards slash button without seeing two images on your screen and you can just see the edits that you’ve made so far. Tip #6: Clipping.This might seem like a really simple one but might it’s super important if you want to make sure you’re doing a really good edit on your photo. It’s really easy to use the clipping tool. All you have to do is hit the letter J. If you want to see where your exposure is blown out or where your shadows aren’t working for you just simply choose any photo and take the exposure slider and just crank it up or crank it down. You can either see the red for the overexposed or the blue for the underexposed. Tip #7: Crop Overlays
I want to show you an amazing trick that you probably didn’t know existed. Let’s do
it. You can access Crop Overlays by clicking R. This will bring up the crop tool. If you
know this wait for it… press O. It turns out that Lightroom has several overlays. The
rule of thirds, but there are others like diagonal lines or the golden rule, or previewing
different crops. If you press SHIFT O you can change the layout
of these grid overlays. How have I never noticed this? There is also one called a Golden Spiral which,
if you want to get really technical is based on Fibonacci Number. It works on leading lines
and bringing you into into the image. This is particularly good for architecture and
simply for images where you want to really draw the viewer’s eyes to a specific person
or object. So, with all of these options you can use
crop overlays to get more creative with your crops. Tip #8: Lights Out
L and Shift L – are a great way to turn off the lights and remove all the distractions,
if you want to look at your photo with nothing around it. “L” will isolate the photo you’re working
on No distraction
Hit “L” again and it will black out everything except the photo Bonus Tip: TAB – remove side panels
SHIFT + TAB – get rid of the film strip at the bottom Tip #9: Virtual Copies People often avoid it because they don’t
know how it works That’s virtual copies. I’m going to show
you the basics behind this because it’s kind of awesome There are 3 ways that I create a virtual copy:
Go up to the PHOTO menu and select “Create Virtual Copy”
You also right click and select “Create Virtual Copy”
And the quickest way is to select any photo and click APPLE and APOSTROPHE When you create a virtual copy you’ll see
that you now have 2 On the hard drive, you still only have one
– because it’s virtual – it’s a copy Why would you want to do this?
Make different edits for a client or for special edits made specifically for Instagram
Go back to the library module and you see all the virtual copies.
This is one of the most powerful things that exist in Lightroom. Tip 10: Rating System When you’re in the library module, if you
look near the bottom of the screen you should see the controls for flags, stars, and colours. An image can be given a star rating ranging
from 0-5, with 0 being the worst and 5 being the best.This will speed up your work-flow
and stop things becoming confusing when you’re looking back through your images. Tip 1: You can select photos and press ] to
increase the rating or press [ to decrease the rating. The second tip I have for organizing and rating your photos is that you may find the Compare View useful
when applying stars as this will allow you to compare two similar shots side-by-side
so you can decide which one deserves the higher score. So you’re probably wondering how to flag photos in Lightroom. The main
purpose of flagging photos is to help you know which ones to keep and which ones to
reject. When it comes to flags each photo will be in one of three states: it can be
marked to keep, marked to reject, or unmarked. The quickest way to pick or reject an image
is to use the keyboard shortcuts: P – to pick an image. X – to reject an image. U – to mark an image as unflagged. Remember that marking a photo as Rejected
won’t remove it from the Library. They will simply be grouped as rejected photographs. And that is the 10th and final tip. I hope
you enjoyed it. I hope you got something out of it. So, I am really excited about these tips.
If it was helpful hit the like button and subscribe
If there is a shortcut or trick that you couldn’t live without, let me know in the comments.
I’ll see you in the next video. Take care.


  • Reply The Boysies April 24, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Awesome David! Thanks for the tips

  • Reply UFGator1972 April 25, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Good tips but what were you thinking when you edited the image at 2:22? The insane saturation makes the photograph look like a Crayola painting and I thought Serge Ramelli was a color freak.

  • Reply Tanvir April 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Good,keep it up dude.

  • Reply Freya Chandra April 28, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    This video is so fricking amazing!! 🙂

  • Reply Noealz Photo May 3, 2019 at 1:40 am

    nice channel, wish I had found it before : )

  • Leave a Reply